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the golden globes kick off with nominations that steven spielberg can be very happy about. welcome to our viewers on public television and around the globe. the government of syria appears to be losing the confidence of its most important factor. russia's envoy for medalist affairs says the rebels are gaining control -- envoy for middle east affairs says the rebels are gaining control. washington congratulated the kremlin for waking up to reality. >> the aftermath of a bombing in a damascus suburb. syrian official media said a car packed with explosives blew up near a school in this district to the southwest of the total, and that at least half of the
casualties were women and children. "we were going to school when the explosion took place. i do not know anything about my parents. they may have died." this man says the victims were all students, or going to their places of work. after the explosion, the ground was full of bodies. the state news agency has blamed the violence on terrorists, its name for the rebels intensifying attacks on the government. this was the latest in a string of bombings in and around damascus. for the first time, russia has acknowledged the possibility of the rebels winning the civil war in syria. the assad regime was losing control of more and more territory, an opposition victory could not be ruled out. it is unclear whether this means there will be a u-turn in russia
as practice of vetoing u.n. security council resolutions it regards as anti-assad. moscow still argues a rebel victory would be drawn out and bloody. it is calling for compromise. the nato chief predict an and will not be far off. >> i think the regime in damascus is approaching collapse. i think now it is only a question of time. >> also today, he medical agency warning that in an isolated town in the east, tens of thousands of people are trapped as a result of the fighting. these scenes, filmed by activists. they say there is urgent need for the s.e.c. and the wounded to be evacuated to several locations. unded toick and the wonde be evacuated. >> i am joined by a former
american ambassador to the united nations. he is think moscow is moving away from president assad? >> this signals a welcome change. i think there is a lot that can be done together with russia and the international community and to accelerate the transfer of power to a new authority in damascus, to avoid a prolonged war. i think one needs to build on this by changing the situation on the ground and so, there can be more progress by the rebels, but also being open to work with russia and others for the post- assad syria. >> you served as the american ambassador to the united nations. how are we looking at a situation where moscow might be looking at syria and trade
allegiance for other things with the united states? is that the kind of machination a goes on? >> the russians are a pragmatic power. this is a reflection of the change in russian attitude. they have some legitimate, significant interests, that in my view can be accommodated. they do not want extremists to take over in syria. neither does the united states or other major powers involved. also, i believe it is in their interest that the war not be prolonged. in a prolonged war, the extremists could gain the upper hand. a civil war could destabilize the region. >> is there a chance for a political solution to this? haven't we gone too far to imagine some sort of deal whereby assad get safe haven
somewhere? >> we can work on both scenarios together. defeated, forces are what can be done so there is not a prolonged civil war after that? about an interim authority, possibly. who would participate in them? how long would the transition be? what would be the rules of the game? what is the role of russia and the u.n., and the regional powers? talk to them about the humanitarian situation, but also prevent the damage with syrian heritage. syria is a historic place. there is a danger of looting of
museums and other historic sites. >> this is what you saw as ambassador. thank you for coming. >> beyond syria, the middle east has been transformed by the unrest unleashed two years ago. and this week has special coverage of the arab spring. in bahrain, an unresolved conflict. >> bahrain is an old ally of the west. its rulers say they are doing all the can to perform the country. even the united states once they are moving too slowly, and could fragment. the police took us on patrol to see the violent side of an intractable political battle about the country's future. >> mostly teenagers.
they are pushed by higher leaders. >> demonstrators opposed videos on youtube of what they do. the police said there was fun, using only -- police said they used force only to protect civilians. but we went to a protest about what they said were punitive and violent police raids. one of the demonstrators is still waiting to have dozens of shotgun pellets removed from what he said was the police attack and weeks ago. >> we want only freedom. we will come back and back and back. we want freedom. >> these people are shia muslims, the majority in
bahrain. they are calling for the downfall of the king. like most of the ruling class, he is sunni muslim. the children reacted fastest when the police moved in. in the she of villages -- shia villages, demonstrations happened to him daily, even though they were banned. bahrain is caught up in big forces of work in the middle east. the pressure for change. the interest of major powers. perhaps most of all, religious sectarianism, which is causing unrest and violence across the region. collected -- and connected by a
25 meter causeway is saudi arabia, bahrain fifth big brother. the saudis sent troops across the causeway last year to help crush the first phase of the uprising. sunni saudi arabia believes that shia iran is making trouble in bahrain, which means it is a proxy battle field in their cold war. the u.s. faces a fleet here. all of that puts the bahrainis deeply inside the middle east pressure cooker. >> there are other forces and other people doing things that have deepened what has happened. there are national forces. >> you are saying iran? >> it can be iran. it can be others. and dissemination of sectarianism and hatred. we are doing our best to stop
this. >> and bahrain is a barometer for the gulf. if the crisis cannot be solved by the country's politicians, bahrain will export trouble to the region, sharpening sectarianism and, a dangerous competition between the saudis and iran. >> killed a lot that is unresolved. the british government is to pay more than $3 million to in libyan dissident who claims the intelligence agency mi was involved in forcibly sending him back to libya, where he was tortured by the gadhafi's regime. britain said the payment is not when a mission of liability. the security situation in libya has changed since the shock assassination in september of the u.s. ambassadors and others. u.n. ambassador susan rice has come under a lot of pressure
from republicans. she has announced she is pulling turning out of consideration to become u.s. secretary of state. here is our correspondent. she had not even been nominated, and she is withdrawing what may or may not have been a nomination. >> it says a lot about politics in washington. a lot of criticism because of the comments she made in the day after the attack that killed ambassador chris stevens, because of references she made too violent anti-islam demonstration spreading across the northeast. after she made those comments on television, here was a fuller picture, the administration said the raid was conducted by al qaeda militants. republicans seized on susan rice as the face of the administration fifth time gold response to the attacks against the mission in benghazi. she is the first.
who knows if she will be the last political victim of the fallout. >> is this a loss for america? the people generally think susan rice would have made a good secretary of state? >> people have very different opinions on her. the acrimony that accompanied the attacks is not something many people will welcome. this is not how politics should be conducted in washington. also, the president said the attacks against her had been unfair. she was also being pilloried in the american media by some of her colleagues for being undiplomatic. a lot of people thought she would not have made a good secretary of state. we will never find out. she has done the gracious thing and about out of the race before president obama had to make a decision about whether or not to appoint her. that is not to say she will not get any position in the next administration. she could get a position that does not require congressional
confirmation >> is there anyone who he was not spying for? the former russian agent who was poisoned to death six years ago was actually working for both the british and spanish intelligence services of the time of his murder. the news complicates the investigation into why he died. >> the former russian spy and fears critic of the kremlin, poisoned by radioactive polonium. but who should be held responsible? new evidence emerged at today's hearing. after six years of waiting, this was an important step forward. >> i am looking forward to any decisions that will be taken. >> today's hearing was looking at the scope of the inquest. the british government provided
documents pointing to the role of the russian state itself in the killing. a widow wanted the inquests to examine whether the british government had failed to protect him. a british prosecutors previously said this man, a former russian agent, carried out the murder by administering the polonium in a cup of tea. but british authorities have never previously said openly they thought the russian state was behind the killing. the man has always denied his role, including in a bbc interview. >> how are we going to fight about it the next 100 years? we should be looking for a way out. the ball is in the english court. >> at today's hearing, a lawyer for his widow said the inquests should look at whether the british state had failed in its duty of care. the reason it was said it had such a duty was because he had
been a paid agent of the british secret service, mi. -- mi6. the day before he was poisoned, he met his handler. the had put him in touch with spanish authorities. he was due to go to spain. he even call from hospital to say he could not go. his widow's lawyers said this meant he should have been protected. britain has been trying to improve relations with russia, but old wounds may now be reopened. >> there will be unusually stark and diplomatic fallout from this incident it was known when the papers were delivered and this would cause reaction, and perhaps even anger. >> was he killed on orders of the russian secret services? and was it because of his work for the british secret service tax -- service?
>> it gets more and more mysterious. still to come, leaving his mark where it was not wanted. evangeline's a prison sentence after defiling a famous painting. >> ministers agreed on a fully fledged banking union and bailout loans for greece. what was being done to prevent another global downturn? that was on queen elizabeth's mind as she visited the bank of england. >> trying her hand at high finance, the queen, put in her signature on a special, a bank note. >> it does not improve much. >> the bank note, worth 1 million pounds, seem like small change as the queen and duke of
edinburgh were shown the vaults were gold reserves were kept. there are 27 billion pounds of gold in this fault alone. that is not something you see every day, even when you have been doing this sort of thing for 60 years. has the tour went on, talk turned to more serious matters. the queen once asked why nobody had seen the financial crisis coming. officials launched into a three- part lecture on what caused the crisis. the words like "paradigm" flew across the floor. both the duke and the queen listened intently. finally, it became a two-way conversation, and the queen offered a few thoughts of her own. first, a question about the bankers. >> complacency. >> and then a question about the regulator, the financial
services authority. bankers perhaps became lax, and the regulator perhaps was toothless. the duke wanted to know, will it happen again? nobody seems sure what to say to that. the duke naturally and advice of his own. do not do it again. >> two years in jail was the sentence handed down to a polish man who defaced and mark rothko painting at the tate modern. the 26-year-old took part in a deliberate, planned, and intentional act of vandalism, throwing black ink on the work, which is worth millions. he says he did it as part of an artistic movement called yellowism. large havek rothko's
start thinking is designed to invoke contemplation in the viewer. heyman and chose to assault it with an ink pen. he said his action was itself a work of art, part of a movement he co-founded, which argues that anything can be art. the judge sentencing him today for criminal damage did not buy the argument, saying it was unacceptable to promote his movement by damaging a work of art which was a gift to the nation. he handed out a two year jail term, which according to the man's friend, was a bit harsh. >> he is not guilty, from my point of view, because he did something new. now, it is two years in prison. i think it is too long. >> the incident took place in september at the tate modern. the man casually walked up to the painting and wrote on it. it took moments to perpetrate.
because of complex printing techniques, the damage will take a great deal of effort, money, and time to repair. the ink soaked all the way through the canvas, affecting layer after layer of specially- mixed paint. >> it is extremely complicated. it takes a lot of thought and a lot of experimentation before you can even come to touching the painting. it is quite normal for that to take a long time. a lot of that will be the planning process rather than the treatment. >> which will be the first to see in public again is likely to be close run. it would appear the hard work did have the desired effect of barack, as the man now has plenty of time for quiet contemplation. >> i confess i have never heard of yellowism. temperatures start to encrypt. holiday decorations come out. and the award system -- season
kicks in. "lincoln" is leading the pack. from los angeles, the details. >> a special board of a, leading the field for the golden globes. -- a speilberg epic, leading the field for the golden globes. including best actor for daniel day-lewis. "django unchained" is set in a similar time but different place. many were surprised it has five nominations. >> you are telling me there is a movie company in hollywood right now that is funded by the cia? >> the true story of a dangerous rescue mission in iran also
took five nominations, including best drama and director. it is a tight race. , the pundits are leaning toward "clinton -- "lincoln." >> i have seen the movie twice. the first time, you were swept away. the second time, i watched. it would be hard not to remember the performance. it is extraordinary >> the golden globes also award television phones and series. unlike the oscars, they spread the love between us, and best the childmusical >> ♪ as my daughter ♪ >> there is much talk about "les miserables." hugh jackman is up for best actor. the british, the -- british
comedy "the best exotic mar igold hotel" also has buzz. nominations are great for renting of the hype in hollywood, where people care more than most, and are picking apart the best films of the year, to try to second-guess which movie, starke, or director is going to win big. >> i love them all. before we leave you, we have one more award-winning performance to show you. this is for lively political debate. we are not talking about fiscal cliff negotiations. watch this. this was the scene in ukraine's new parliament. for a second day, a mass brawl broke out. it is between the election of parliamentary officials. opposition lawmakers were very angry over the fact that some of
their opponents continue to practice voting in place of their of some colleagues. boy did they show it. democracy, perhaps not at its finest, on display in the ukrainian parliament. quite extraordinary. of course, you can get up and any time on our website. you can find us at twitter. for all of us here, thanks for watching. >> makes sense of international news at bbc.com/news. >> funding of this presentation was made possible by the freeman foundation of new york, stowe, vermont, and honolulu, newman's own foundation, and union bank.
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